UPDATE: Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs fell short in their bid for a third straight Super Bowl appearance after losing to the Bengals 27-24 at home in the AFC Championship game on Sunday.
The No. 2 seed Kansas City Chiefs may be on the verge of a third straight Super Bowl appearance, but their history with the NFL’s most coveted game is so much more.
Founded in 1960 by Lamar Hunt, the Chiefs started in the American Football League as the Dallas Texans. After winning the 1962 American Football League Championship in the longest championship game in professional football history, Hunt decided to relocate to Kansas City. The team changed its name to the “Chiefs” in honor of Mayor Harold Roe Bartle, who convinced Hunt to move the team to the City of Fountains.
After winning the AFL Championship in 1966, Kansas City represented the American Football League in the AFL-NFL World Championship Game, retroactively known as the first Super Bowl, on January 15, 1967, against the NFL Champion Green Bay Packers. Kansas City played Green Bay close in the first half, but Green Bay scored 21 unanswered points to win the game.
It wouldn’t take the Chiefs long to taste victory in the Super Bowl though – it came just three years later in Super Bowl IV. Though they faced the feared Purple People Eaters of the Minnesota Vikings defense, Kansas City head coach Hank Stram had a plan. He took advantage of Minnesota’s aggressive defensive with short passes and trap plays. The Chiefs would prevail 23-7 for Kansas City’s first Super Bowl win.
It would be another 50 years until The Kingdom made its return to the Super Bowl, but it would come back armed with some of the most explosive weapons the NFL has ever seen.
When was the Chiefs’ last Super Bowl win?
Half of a century went by before the Chiefs earned a Super Bowl berth, but they were back in the 2019 season with a bang in Super Bowl LIV. Led by quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who was coming off an MVP season the previous year, Kansas City made it to the championship game overcoming double-digit deficits in the Divisional Round and AFC Championship Game. They even fell behind by 10 in the Super Bowl against the San Francisco 49ers.
However, the magic wasn’t over for the Chiefs. The offense scored 21 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to secure the team’s second Super Bowl championship. Kansas City retained most of their core and many expected them back in the championship game in 2021.
When was the last Chiefs Super Bowl appearance?
While the team did make it to the Super Bowl in the 2020 season, they ran into an old nemesis. Quarterback Tom Brady was now with the NFC Champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but the last time he faced Kansas City was in 2018 as a member of the New England Patriots, who eliminated the Chiefs in the AFC Championship.
He would get the better of them again.
Kansas City could not stop Brady and the Bucs’ offensive onslaught. On the other side, Patrick Mahomes couldn’t move the ball against a Tampa Bay defense that caught fire in the postseason. The end result was a 31-9 rout with The Buccaneers hoisting the Lombardi Trophy and the Chiefs hoping to get back to the Super Bowl next year.
Chiefs Super Bowl history
- 1966 season: Lost Super Bowl I vs. the Green Bay Packers, 35-10
- 1969 season: Won Super Bowl IV vs. the Minnesota Vikings, 23-7
- 2019 season: Won Super Bowl LIV vs. the San Francisco 49ers, 31-20
- 2020 season: Lost Super Bowl LV vs. the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 31-9
Chiefs Super Bowl records and firsts
- Tied for fewest touchdowns – 0 (Super Bowl LV)
- Hank Stram was the first head coach ever to be “miked for sound” in the Super Bowl (Super Bowl IV)
- Lowest attendance for Super Bowl – 24,835 (Super Bowl LV) *due to COVID Pandemic
- Lowest attendance, attendance not restricted – 61,946 (Super Bowl I)
- Participated in first Super Bowl
- First team to come back from three double-digit deficits in the playoffs and win Super Bowl (2019)
- Most penalty yards in a half (Super Bowl LV)
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- When: Sunday, February 13, 2022
- Where: SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, California
- TV Channel: NBC
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